USA Today reported on March 19 that the feds are “expected to begin analyzing hard drives from computers seized at the pilots' homes as soon as this week.”
The flight simulator confiscated from pilot Zaharie Ahmad’s home is also expected to be shipped to the FBI's lab in Quantico, Va.
Since the plane's disappearance, the FBI and Justice Department had offered to assist the Malaysian government but until now had not been formally invited to join the inquiry as is required.
Officials have known for some time that Shah maintained a flight simulator in his home. Malaysian investigators announced today that they’re currently attempting to restore files deleted from the simulator back in February.
Malaysia's Defense Minister and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein cautioned reporters at a news conference that the deletion of the files of the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, may have nothing to do with the circumstances of the jet's disappearance 12 days ago.
With every new piece of information uncovered regarding the missing airliner, new and nagging questions also surface.
Officials are remaining open-minded to a variety of different scenarios concerning the missing plane and its missing 239 passengers and crew members, including possible “hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or anyone else on board,” as well as a myriad of mechanical failure possibilities.
The longer questions remain unanswered regarding the missing Boeing 777 and its passengers, the more frustrated and desperate the families of those missing have become.
CNN reported today that the mother of one the missing Chines nationals on board that flight had to be escorted out of a Malaysian press conference by security guards as she wailed almost hysterically for information regarding her missing child.
"My son," she said, weeping. "I just want my son back."
For more updates on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, see the video accompanying this article.
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